Use the following sections to review information about significant changes in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 since System Center 2012 Configuration Manager:
Setup and Site Installation
Sites and Hierarchies
Client Deployment and Operations
Software Deployment and Content Management
Monitoring and Reporting
One of the most significant changes is support for Windows 8 for Configuration Manager clients. Configuration Manager SP1 supports Windows 8 in the following ways:
You can install the Configuration Manager client on Windows 8 computers and deploy Windows 8 to new computers or to upgrade previous client operating versions. Configuration Manager also supports Windows To Go.
You can configure user data and profiles configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles.
You can configure new deployment types for Windows 8 applications, which support stand-alone applications (.appx files) and links to the Windows Store.
Configuration Manager supports Windows 8 features, such as metered Internet connections and Always On Always Connected.
Other significant changes include the following:
Support for Windows Server 2012 on site systems and clients, and support for SQL Server 2012 for the Configuration Manager database.
Support for clients on Mac computers, and on Linux and UNIX servers.
Support for user-owned mobile devices that run Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, iOS, and Android when you have a Windows Intune organizational account.
Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available to automate Configuration Manager operations by using Windows PowerShell scripts.
Support for cloud services, such as a new distribution point for Windows Azure.
More flexible hierarchy management, along with support to expand a stand-alone primary site into a hierarchy that includes a new central administration site, and the migration of a Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy to another Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy.
Support for multiple software update points for a site to provide automatic redundancy for clients without requiring you to configure a network load balancing cluster.
Client notification to start some client operations from the Configuration Manager console. These include downloading computer policy and initiating a malware scan to be performed as soon as possible, instead of during the normal client policy polling interval.
Support for virtual environments that allow multiple virtual applications to share file system and registry information instead of running in an isolated space.
Email alert subscriptions are now supported for all features, not just Endpoint Protection.